Preferred viewing distance?

Started 3 months ago | Polls thread
MCLV Senior Member • Posts: 1,144
Re: According to Roger ...

xpatUSA wrote:

Tom Axford wrote:

Suppose you are in an art gallery and you enter a room filled with images (photographic or other) hung on the walls. The images are all 60 cm wide and 40 cm high (24" x 16" if you prefer feet and inches). How far away from each image do you stand when looking at it?

More specifically, what would be your preferred distance to view the image as a whole? Of course, you will need to go closer to view fine detail, but I am asking about your preferred distance when viewing the whole image to get an overall impression of the composition, atmosphere, etc.

... Cicala, that is, our central vision spans about 55 degrees:

For 60x40cm, the diagonal is about 72cm which leads to a viewing distance of about 69cm ...

... which makes it interesting that the poll majority is currently the next distance range up.

I prefer to have a bit of space between an edge of an image (or computer screen for that matter) and the limit of my central vision created by my nose. I find it more comfortable that way.

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